I’ve got user groups on my mind this week as I head up to Redmond for some meetings just for that purpose, discussing user groups and their parent organizations.
I personally am in the unique zone in between a .NET developer and an IT Pro. Since I also organize conferences and events, I work with the SQL family of groups as well. I know of no other profession with the same level of volunteerism to better the professional community as a whole as those that are into technology development and management.
These “parent” organizations, INETA, GITCA and PASS, all work to help member groups further their message, their impact. This can take many forms. What do you, as a user group leader or member, need from these larger orgs to make your groups and your profession better? It might cost money, it might cost time, but what is it?
Then comes my question that is not asked often. What do you bring back to the larger organization? To your professional community?